Media, publishing and advertising

Inspires confidence through its down-to-earth commercial nous. The team is brilliant, reliable and responsive with tremendous legal knowledge.

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The media industry is diverse and rapidly evolving. Media businesses need specialist legal support to help them exploit new technologies and protect their rights and commercial interests.

The Penningtons Manches media and publishing group comprises commercial, IP, employment, corporate and immigration lawyers who advise a wide range of clients in the publishing, new media and advertising industries. Our clients include multinational corporates, overseas companies looking to expand into the UK, long established UK players and new media start-ups.

Our commercial and IP lawyers can help you to exploit your intellectual property by combining our legal excellence with a proactive approach and creative contracts.

We frequently advise on the rules governing both offline and online advertising campaigns, to ensure that you achieve the best media exposure while complying with the law. Our team's experience ranges from print-based advertising to electronic direct marketing. We also advise on sponsorship and event management agreements.

Our employment law team’s focus is on claims prevention and pro-active commercial solutions.  It advises on a wide range of issues including the interpretation and implementation of European and domestic legislation affecting employees/workers. We also offer bespoke training sessions to our clients on relevant issues. 

We offer expert advice on:

  • acquisition and disposal of publishing assets and businesses
  • advertising campaign compliance: the Data Protection Act, CAP Codes, the DMA Code and consumer protection law
  • book, journal, magazine and partwork publishing and distribution
  • contracts for advertising agencies, PR companies, sponsorship and endorsement
  • copyright, design right and trade mark protection and enforcement
  • defamation and privacy
  • rights acquisition, licensing and clearance
  • employment law advice on employment contracts and policies, transfer of undertakings (TUPE), trade unions, discrimination, termination and breach of contract
  • immigration solutions including visa applications for Tier 2, Tier 5, exceptional talent and applications under EEA regulations

Recent work highlights

Acquisition for Oxford University Press

Acting for Oxford University Press on its acquisition of an educational publisher, Nelson Thornes Limited from Infinitas Leaning Nelson Thornes Limited from Infinitas Learning


Book publishing agreement

Advising Chloe on a book publishing agreement with fashion publisher, Rizzoli New York.


Contract and IP advice

Advising a global business communications firm on its contracts with clients and on copyright and trade mark issues.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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